Augh! It’s the time of the year that I absolutely dread! School Christmas Concert time! You may wonder why I dread this special yearly event? Why would I not enjoy watching adorable children perform on stage, celebrating this joyous season? How could I not love the sounds of the seasons sung by precious little munchkins all dressed up in their holiday attire? I do love all those things and they melt me as I watch them sing merrily their rehearsed song of the season. It is the preparation for this event that I find incredibly painful!
I teach grade five students and I love this age, but not when it comes for preparing them to sing a Christmas song in front of their parents and friends. It is the worst part of my job. These ten and eleven year olds are not cooperative to exhibit themselves for this event, and I am not prepared to fight with them over it. I believe in picking my battles and this is one battle that I am not prepared to fight.
I’ve tried to make it exciting. I’ve tried convincing them that it is their last Christmas concert ever, since they are on their way to middle school next year, but that still doesn’t cut it for them. They are just not enthused at this age to sing in front of a crowd. They think it is juvenile, because at this age, they think they are too old to do such silly songs and actions.
You know what this event makes me think of? Free will. These children are being made to perform in front of their school, parents, and strangers all against their own freewill. Do we give the children a choice to do the Christmas concert? Nope. They all have to participate, unless they choose to stay home that day.
Think of our lives as a Christmas Concert. We all have things in life we don’t want to do, and God was so gracious to give us our own free will. We can choose what our flesh is telling us to do, go against what we know is right in God’s eyes and feed our ego. Or we can choose to suffer through some things we don’t like to do for our Heavenly Father, just like my students have to suffer through this Christmas concert for their parents here on earth. It’s what makes them happy.
Sure being a servant on earth is not fun some times, but that is why were are here in the first place. We are on Earth to make the world a better place. To be part of the production to make the best Christmas concert possible. To sing God’s praises. We can take the attitude of my grade five students and make our time practicing for the concert extremely painful, or we can put a smile on our face and realize how happy it is making the heart of our creator—our parent!
Galatians 5:13 explains, “For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.”
We’ve been given the opportunity to make the best of our lives, and follow the word of God, or we have the opportunity to growl and be negative about life and refuse to accept God’s instructions. God left it up to us to make our own decisions on his word. It’s our own free will.
My students have the choice to make the best of their last Christmas concert ever, or wine and complain about what they are being put through. It is their choice. I can’t get through to these ten year olds, but hopefully someone reading this will finally clue in that God’s word needs to be sung aloud for the entire world to hear. We have to start living by his word in order to make our life a success. It’s only going to happen if we change our view and our opinion. We can’t change the world, but we can change ourselves.
Start looking at the Christmas concert through the eyes of the parents that wait all year to see their beloved children perform on stage at their community school. When I see their faces beaming with pride, it makes the pain of the preparation for the concert all worthwhile. Your Father in Heaven will be beaming with pride too, if you just start changing your attitude on life and look for the good in his word.